Only full involvement of Nagorno Karabakh in the negotiation process will ensure real breakthrough

The process of settlement of the Karabakh issue is slow first of all because Nagorno Karabakh is not involved in the negotiations as a full party, Foreign Minister of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Karen Mirzoyan said in an interview with Russian Ekho Moskvy radio station.

“Only the full involvement of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in all stages of settlement process will provide an opportunity to ensure a real breakthrough and reach our final target – resolution of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh,” the Foreign Minister said.

Speaking about the achievements  since 1994, Karen Mirzoyan said “the most important achievement is the understanding that the expression of will of the people of Nagorno Karabakh should be at the core of settlement.”

The Foreign Minister said there are chances for Nagorno Karabakh to be recognized by other states. “I’m confident that the Nagorno Karabakh Republic will once become a full-fledged member of the international community,” he said, adding that “recognition of Nagorno Karabakh will create more favorable conditions for the settlement of the conflict.”

“The Stepanakert Airport will be opened,” Karen Mirzoyan said. “Flights will be operated, thus ensuring the right of the people of Nagorno Karabakh to free movement. This step is exceptionally of humanitarian character. It pursues the purpose of guaranteeing normal living conditions for the people of Karabakh and protection of their rights.”

Minister Mirzoyan said he hopes the airport will be opened in the foreseeable future after all technical problems are solved.

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